RC Lens’ Seko Fofana has been on Newcastle United’s agenda, and they even made an attempt to take him away from the Ligue 1 side in the January window.

A deal never took shape, but a claim from France last month stated the Magpies are ‘in the running’ for the midfielder this summer.

Fast forward to May and Le10 Sport state that Newcastle United are joined by Lyon in the chase for the 27-year-old. The latter’s interest isn’t new as they have monitored him throughout the recently concluded campaign.

Lyon are ‘preparing an offensive’. They are thinking of the best approach to try and quickly seal the deal. Peter Bosz’s side are aware that the ‘competition will be tough’.

This is where Newcastle United come into the picture as they have identified the Ivory Coast international as a ‘priority’ target this summer.

Eddie Howe’s side have ‘already planned to position themselves’ and ‘will not hesitate to take out the chequebook’ to get Fofana’s signing done. The competition from the Tyneside club is what ‘scares the leaders of Lyon’.

It’s claimed the player’s trend is ‘clearly in a favour of a transfer’ this summer. Lens, who will ‘demand a high price’, will find it ‘difficult to reject tempting offers’, if one were to come from Newcastle.